1095. Clerical student Brother Rabbit is an unlikely Crusader. Eager for knowledge, trusting, and somewhat naive, he is about to learn some deadly lessons.
A religious movement fires the passions of an entire continent. One person motivated by such passions is the young clerical student, Brother Rabbit.
When Peter the Hermit arrives in Mainz, preaching his vision of Jerusalem and religious conquest, Brother Rabbit’s desire to become a cleric is forgotten. Now, he dreams of Jerusalem.
Blocking his new aspiration is his mentor and teacher, Brother Piccolo. The wise Benedictine monk, resident physician at Mainz Cathedral, knows the Hermit is not all that he seems. How will he convince Brother Rabbit that the shared vision of a journey to the Holy Land is fraught with almost unendurable hardships?
Enter Emicho, the Black Lord of Leisingen. Battle-hardened, a ferocious marauder, he is the evil antithesis of Peter the Hermit. Devoid of pious notions about the crusade, he is motivated by greed and a hatred of all non-Christians. His goal is the utter destruction of the Jews of Mainz. To get to them, he must breach their sanctuary in the sacred confines of Mainz Cathedral. Brother Rabbit’s encounter with Emicho will leave him forever changed and take him to an unexpected destiny.